Erik is married to love of his life Stephanie Mencimer since a long time. In 2003, he and his wife Stephanie Mencimer were arrested for misconduct. They were actually arrested for throwing dog feces at the owner of a Northwest Washington doggie day care center. Erik's nationality is American and he is of white ethnicity.
Erik completed his high school graduation from Schenectady, New York. After his high school, he joined Hamilton College and he finally earned a degree from there in 1986. He began his career as a teacher at Trinity Pawling School. There he also coached sports for about a year. Next year, he moved to Washington, D.C. and then he joined Georgetown University. There he continued his master’s degree. In January 1999, be began writing the paper's political column, Loose Lips. He worked there till November 2000 and then he was named the Washington correspondent for Inside.com and CableWorld magazine. After working as a columnist for the Washington City Paper for several months, he was named its editor in 2002 and he continued serving Washington City Paper as an editor for the next eight years. In June 2006, he was hired by The Village Voice as its editor in chief but he worked there till July 2006. He has been working as a media opinionator of Washington Post since June 2011. The actual figure about his net worth and salary is unknown.